UK-based Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust has selected construction group Interserve to serve as the preferred bidder for its redevelopment programme.

Under the £36m programme, Interserve is responsible for a major upgrade of the emergency department at Walsall Manor Hospital.

The project is part of the Department of Health’s ProCure22 (P22) Framework intended for the development and delivery of NHS and social care capital schemes in England.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust finance director and senior responsible officer Russell Caldicott said: “This is the biggest capital project in our pipeline and we are delighted to be working with Interserve Construction on it, whom we believe have the right expertise to and are able to deliver real value for us.”

As part of the project, Interserve Construction will handle various operations, including deploying new infrastructure, designing and constructing a new two-storey emergency department, as well as redeveloping the existing A&E facilities.

The scheme at Walsall Manor Hospital is expected to increase capacity and support the Trust’s integrated model for emergency care services.

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Construction work on the project will begin in April 2020 and is expected to close in early 2022.

Interserve Construction divisional director Simon Butler said: “We are delighted to be working with Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust at Walsall Manor Hospital. Interserve Construction will be able to bring its considerable experience in the healthcare sector to the project.

“Our overall aim is to create a high-quality, modern development, which will enable Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust to improve the patient experience.”

In August 2018, Durham University awarded a £105m project to Interserve and its consortium to design, build, finance and operate two new college facilities in the UK.